Sip on This: 7 Buzzworthy Thanksgiving Wine
Cheers to stuffing your face, minimal family drama, and an all-day football marathon. But what’s Thanksgiving without a glass (or three) of wine? Make this year’s celebration extra special by serving—or gifting your hostess—with a bottle that’s sure to get guests talking.
Lone Buffalo 2017 “Buffalo Rose” Sangiovese Rosé
PURCHASE: Lone Buffalo Vineyards, 7505 Wise Road, Auburn, 530-823-1159, lonebuffalovineyards.com
If you want a great white wine alternative, go for a rosé! This particular bottle has fruity, cherry, and strawberry characteristics and a tart, dry finish that pairs wonderfully with ham or turkey. It spends a little more time on the skins prior to fermentation, giving it a deep color (that looks especially nice on a fall table) and complexity, enabling it to stand up to the meal.
2013 Drifter Red Blend
PURCHASE: Distant Cellars, 21390 Ostrom Road, Fiddletown, 209-245-8687, distantcellars.com
This unique blend of Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, and Zinfandel has enough red fruit and berries to pair nicely with the softer flavors of Thanksgiving, but it also has enough structure and alcohol to help cut through the richer, heartier items like gravy and stuffing.
Helwig 2015 Mourvedre
PURCHASE: Helwig Winery, 11555 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, 209-245-5200, helwigwinery.com
This wine is a perfect match for your Turkey Day dinner, due to its soft tannin structure and elegant mouthfeel. It’s also light enough to complement but not overwhelm white or dark meat and has unmistakable tones of red plum and current with a subtle spice on the finish.
Lava Cap 2016 Grenache
PURCHASE: Lava Cap Winery, 2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville, 530-621-0175, lavacap.com
Aromas of rose petal and crushed strawberry open to a palate of dense cherry and a flinty mineral component, before finishing with notes of vanilla and cola. The wild flavors pair wonderfully with the earthy aromas and flavors of a Thanksgiving feast. It’s light- to medium-body doesn’t overpower the delicate, festive flavors of turkey, stuffing, and sautéed mushroom dishes.
Mettler Family Vineyards 2015 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon
Purchase: 7889 East Harney Lane, Lodi, 209-369-3045, mettlerwine.com
This Cabernet is full of personality and perfect for your Thanksgiving Day table. Medium- to full-bodied, it stands up to hearty stuffings and rich sauces but is versatile enough to enjoy with the holiday’s lighter fare like savory roasted veggies and juicy turkey. It offers inviting aromas and graceful flavors of cherry, cranberry, and sweet oak with a rich mouthfeel and long finish.
Bogle 2016 Pinot Noir
PURCHASE: Bogle Vineyards, 37783 County Road 144, Clarksburg, 916-744-1139, boglewinery.com
Folks who typically stray away from reds will be a fan of this lighter-style, extremely elegant Pinot Noir. It pairs beautifully with poultry, potatoes, and Grandma’s stuffing, making it a perfect bottle to open and share on Thanksgiving.
2015 Sierra Foothills Pinot Noir
PURCHASE: 5560 Fawnridge Road, Auburn, 530-887-9522, fawnridgewine.com
This Pinot Noir is rare for the foothills and works in wondrous ways. Its softer, lighter style is augmented by a greater fruit style, making it perfect alongside poultry or served with appetizers.
By Ashleigh Gruenwald